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State assessments show students at DC schools are above state average
Monday, Aug. 13, 2012

By Jennifer Kotila
Staff Writer

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – Once again, students in the Dassel-Cokato School District have proven themselves to be above average for academic performance by exceeding the average state proficiency for reading and math in the 2012 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments.

“It looks good – we’re outperforming the state,” said DC Superintendent Jeff Powers. “There are no big red flags.”

The statewide average for reading proficiency is 76 percent, and is 62.1 percent for math proficiency, according to the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

The district’s proficiency scores increased over last year by 2 percent in reading, and 8.7 percent in math, for an overall proficiency of 84.4 percent in reading, and 72.7 percent in math, according to MDE.

New, more rigorous state standards were instituted in 2011, which brought down many school district’s math proficiency scores, according to MDE.

This may account for the significant dip in math scores in 2011, and the increase in 2012.

Although DC scored higher than the state average, “We are always working on improving them,” Powers noted.

“The higher the reading scores go up, the harder it is to show improvement,” Powers added.

Students across the state are tested for math proficiency in grades three through eight, and in grade 11. They are tested for reading proficiency in grades three through eight, and grade 10.

“I’m curious to see how science comes out,” Powers said. Science results will be available sometime in September.

Powers also noted that the multiple measurements rating (MMR) should be a more interesting assessment of how well the DC district is performing.

MMR is the new rating system set up by MDE following the No Child Left Behind waiver.

For a more detailed look at the district’s comprehensive assessment, click on the link found at www.dasselcokato.com.

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